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'Poor' child care at 20 councils

One in seven councils in England are "inadequate" at caring for some of the most vulnerable children in society, an Ofsted report found.

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'Lack of stable leadership' at struggling councils

An Ofsted report said inspectors found that a persistent absence of stable leadership was a feature of most ‘inadequate’ local authorities. It said that in the weakest places:

  • The most basic acceptable practice was not in place
  • Supervision, management oversight, purposeful work with families and decisive action where children were at risk from harm were ineffective
  • The views of children and families were rarely considered
  • Support from key statutory partners – health, police, schools – was weak and poorly co-ordinated
  • Managers did not appear to have a firm understanding of what constituted good practice

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